Interview: How 'Dolores' Won The Pinkbike Fantasy XC & DH Leagues

Nov 26, 2020
by Sarah Moore  

When we saw that the same person had won the DH Fantasy League as the XC Fantasy League, our hearts dropped. We were sure that someone had gamed our system so they could take home two incredible Trek Project One bikes with SRAM components and RockShox suspension. I mean, thousands of people play each year, what are the chances that someone would win both? But, upon further research, we found that @dolores was as legitimate as they get, even offering fellow competitors advice and sharing videos and links in the comments.

So, we reached out to @dolores to gain some insight into becoming a master at Fantasy League.


Describe yourself.

I try to see the glass as half full. I had never heard of TranscriptionTube.com before the first Trivia, and probably other players hadn't used Google's Advanced search beforehand, so I think Pinkbike's endgame is for us to learn new skills and learn more about the history of the sport.


Where are you from?

I'm from a small town near the ocean and surrounded by hills, most of them only 10-15min from home. I gladly do all my riding locally.


What do you do for work?

I'm not a historian if that's what you're thinking. If I were, I cannot use future knowledge for personal gain. I don't work at the RIKEN Center either.


How long have you been a Pinkbike reader? How did you find out about the site?

I've been in and out of Pinkbike for over a decade. It's part of the daily routine when working in an office; otherwise it gets tricky unless you're at home. Unfortunately, I can't remember how I ended up here.


How much time did you spend researching the answers for the DH Trivia portion?

Too much, I didn't use Roots & Rain. Instead, for the races from 1993 to 2010, I compared CycleBase.nl with the news records of CyclingNews and the UCI. Not happy with that, I went through the Reuters Archive Licensing and Tissot Timing websites. #LockdownTime

For the race rounds, how hard was it for you to make decisions on who to put on your team each round?

Proper preparation and planning before the first race was vital: I built profiles for athletes based on their preseason training and past results. I knew that the physical fitness of the athletes would play a decisive role in a compressed season, which would make race results more predictable than in the past. After that, it was a matter of matching athlete and venue.


What was your reaction when you found out that you won the XC League?

Before the season started, I looked up Leogang on Strava; it would be a race for climbers. I had Mathias Flückiger and Yana Belomoina as potential winners and Isla Short as a value athlete in my shortlisted team (I took the results of Albstadt 2019 as reference). When the time came, I chickened out and kept the same team that I had in Nové Město na Moravě… I had won the League but it didn't feel right.


And what was your reaction when you found out that you also won the DH League?

Complete disbelief. I had to confirm for myself that it was not a mistake. I verified the team scores of the top 13 players; I went through all the races!


Why do you think you were so successful?

In Maribor I modified my team when teams were unlocked after qualifying. It was for the worse, I was freewheel burning! At the same time, I kept thinking: Why did I cave when choosing a team for the last XC race? Then it hit me: the results of a race can be unpredictable, the people who play the League not so much.

Last year, whoever was leading the DH and XC Leagues after Mont-Sainte-Anne went to win the League at Snowshoe. This year I was leading the XC League after Nové Město na Moravě, and then I won the League in Leogang. We played defense in the last round and we won, which is great. However, other players who were playing offense came very close to taking the League; they took a bigger risk than us and it almost paid off.

Bottom line: for the final round, the further a player is from the top, the greater the risk they must take in the hope of snatching the League. Here's how I came up with my own Law of Fives:

1. Play smart. Do not force your way to the top at first, being on top can be stressful; sometimes it's easier to come from behind.
2. Good is better than perfect. Choose a well-balanced team; remember that the athlete and the venue aren't always a match.
3. Do not overlook timed training. Compare the section times between the athletes; they may be hiding their true pace for the finals.
4. Work hard... in silence. If you're playing for the League, you may want to keep your findings for yourself.
5. Trust the process. Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.


What bike(s) will your new Trek Slash + Trek Top Fuel with SRAM components and RockShox suspension be replacing?

Replace? There is a roof, in-house service, and many untamed trails waiting for the Slash & the Top Fuel. I have one bike at the moment. It's a Giant frame with Fox suspension, Mavic wheels, and Shimano brakes & drivetrain with Race Face cranks.


What's the most exciting part about winning?

Bearing in mind the shortage of bikes and components, I'm trying to manage my expectations and I'm guessing it will probably take six to eight months for the bikes to arrive. Growing up, we couldn't afford a GT Karakoram or Trek 820 (in chromoly). Flash-forward to 2020, I've only owned brake levers, a shifter, a saddle, a cassette, and a rear derailleur with bits of carbon fiber. So, you can't imagine my excitement at the prospect of having carbon wheels & frame, a RockShox SID Ultimate, a ZEB Ultimate, and AXS components!




What Project One color scheme are you going to go with?

I'm torn between two color schemes. From what I know Carbon Blue Smoke is translucent and looks great, but the boys told me to go for Amplified Alchemy, which looks gorgeous.


Congratulations @dolores! For those of you still in the hunt for a prize bike of your own, the Fantasy Enduro League closes this Sunday. Answer the final Enduro Trivia here.





The Fantasy XC League is Presented by RockShox and SRAM.


&

The Fantasy Downhill League is Presented by Trek.




131 Comments

  • 176 4
 Must be a politician...doesn't answer many of the questions being asked.
  • 62 2
 maybe he just doesn't want too much about his private life get out. Which is fully understandable imo
  • 15 0
 @Upduro: This I bet! About to take delivery of a 'bike thief's' sweaty wet dream
  • 12 2
 @Upduro: it’s a girl isn’t it?
  • 4 0
 @jaame: oops, my fault.
  • 2 1
 Hacked and cheated hahaha
  • 21 0
 Hi @mookmeister, here @Upduro is right, that's the main reason. Cheers!
  • 3 0
 Russian hacker raising money for the GRU = CONFIRMED
  • 1 6
flag bashhard (Nov 26, 2020 at 6:53) (Below Threshold)
 Hey @dolores , you agreed to the terms and conditions of this contest and hence your name will be published anyways I guess
  • 1 0
 @Upduro: what bike they ride isn’t exactly too much information unless he made it from scratch.

Saying I ride a giant trance narrows it down to about everybody
  • 2 0
 Hi @Solorider13, apart from one stock bike that I bought, I have been building them on my own to my liking, starting with a branded frame. I once made aluminum pumping rods for a Marzocchi bomber I owned, I build my own wheels; I usually buy hubs and fit NTN or SKF bearings, etc.-etc. But since the 'interview' wasn't about a bike review, I focused on the Fantasy Leagues. Cheers!
  • 2 1
 @dolores: I completely understand the privacy issue. I do what I can to maintain some semblance of anonymity, which is pretty hard these days. Some of your replies were way off topic though (like the description of yourself), and that prompted my comment. In any case, congrats. Enjoy your new rides.
  • 4 1
 Hi @mookmeister, I have read so many comments trashing Pinkbike for the Trivia that I decided to point out the good points. So, when @sarahmoore asked me to describe myself, I said: "I try to see the glass as half full". Because I like to think that I'm a positive person. Cheers!
  • 1 0
 Yeh nothing seems to stick hehe or a magician. Who knew Dominic Cummings liked MTB.
  • 1 0
 @Upduro: according to the Good Month/Bad Month follow-up of today, Dec 8, you are correct
  • 91 6
 If I was riding a Giant I would have tried this hard too.
  • 11 0
 Frame is made by Giant, so he still does in a way.
  • 16 0
 Hi @chriskneeland, in my experience, aluminum frames made by Giant are very reliable. Cheers!
  • 62 0
 Look at the lengths I wasn't willing to go for a free bike.
  • 31 0
 yeah, sounds like work - I'll rather browse PB on company time
  • 61 2
 After reading that, I feel like I now know less about this guy
  • 14 1
 Hi @vpfree2009, I'm sorry that I can't be more helpful.
  • 29 2
 Solid winner, solid strategies, CONGRATULATIONS - I did my usual half assed guessing and as usual came up short! Still time to create those fake accounts for the advent calendar though
  • 2 1
 Absolutely, CONGRATULATIONS is in order! Completely worked for it. It would have been nice to have someone else win one of those, not because it wasn't deserved, but just to give someone else the rush of winning a big prize like that.
  • 4 0
 Thanks to both of you!
  • 25 0
 Also, I imangined this whole interview happening like a secret witness- @dolores in shadow, voice modulators, the whole nine.
  • 14 0
 Hi @samdeatley, I've already changed my password two or three times in the last few weeks for fear of my account being hacked! Fortunately, the folks at Pinkbike already have my name and phone number.
  • 9 0
 @dolores: PB is starting a stock picking contest, the winner gets a PB hat. Send me your picks by the end of the week and I will enter them into the database for you.

And congrats in advance for winning the PB academy.
  • 4 0
 GLaDOS for sure.
  • 1 0
 @pink505: I want a PinkBike hat!
  • 3 0
 Hi @pink505, there are these companies called BioNTech (NASDAQ:BNTX) and Translate Bio (NASDAQ:TBIO). That's a good start Nurse
  • 1 0
 Hi @wafflecakee, no joke I'm running out of potatoes...
  • 2 0
 @dolores: Long or short? Wink
  • 4 0
 Hi @martin737, naughty question. I don't dare to answer.
  • 2 0
 @SHREDWORX: They are on sale on the PB website....or win the PB stock picking contest. It can only be found on the PB darkweb, but Dolores will win it so dont bother. If you need to ask dont, that is what happened to waki...
  • 16 1
 I guess he must deserve it since I didn't understand a thing of what he said
  • 2 0
 Hi @kirat, I'm sorry that I can't be more helpful.
  • 16 2
 If this interview were trying to persuade us it makes it legit then thats a definite fail!
What the hell answers are those?
  • 3 0
 Hi @Molesdigmyjumps, I'm sorry that I can't be more helpful.
  • 7 0
 Ok, so I was bored and did some digging. The person who won is named Dolores, and it says she is from westworld. There is a movie/show called westworld, and apparently there is a character in it named Dolores who is a robot. The profile picture and quote on the profile is from that movie. So I guess that this person really is a bot. Boom. I solved the mystery. Feel free to fact check me.
  • 1 0
 Hi @TheWizardofSWAG, you must certainly be a Wizard Eek
  • 11 2
 What do you do for work? I don't do this and that, keep guessing. WTF.
  • 10 9
 I don't think he does work, just spends all his time browsing the net. Perhaps he should give the bikes to his company for all the time stolen.
  • 1 2
 Hi @headshot, better than saying I live in Squamish and work at Tim Hortons, people would lose their minds, besides the answer is meant for people who know who The Director is Rolleyes
  • 1 0
 @dolores: you work at the Southern Reach? Rad.
  • 4 0
 @dolores: just too cryptic for me. Enjoy the bike and well done!
  • 10 2
 I didnt enjoy the trivia thing being part of it this year.
  • 5 0
 I agree. Just not how I enjoy spending my time.
  • 8 0
 This whole interview and thread is like a dialogue of a Siri conversation
  • 5 2
 I dunno really. Like great job on you and enjoy the bikes, but after reading how you’ve answered those questions and how you’ve responded to comments, you just don’t seem very “human”. Even looking at your account you have nothing for sale or liked content. But either way you could be completely human and in which case well done. Enjoy the bikes.

What does everyone else think? Seems a bit odd to me, but who knows Smile
  • 5 0
 Hi @archiesgm, fortunately no one has made a connection between Waki and me. Cheers!
  • 6 1
 Sounds like a really deserving gal (or guy) is getting the bikes, that's fantastic.
  • 1 0
 I agree.
  • 4 0
 Thanks to both of you!
  • 4 2
 I take umbridge with this. Actually, in a certain way I do. I thought the quizzes should have had a timer to prevent research like that. On the operational side- think of the content that could go with explaining each of the answers!
  • 4 0
 @delores genuine interest, would you have preferred to win a DH bike for a DH league?
Cheers an congrats
  • 5 0
 Hi @nojzilla, if I take the terrain and riding style into consideration, the Slash seems a capable climber and will easily get me to the top of every trailhead, for later to deliver on the descents! This makes us a perfect match!
  • 4 0
 I prefer joy and fun instead of AI, computers programmes etc. PB RETURN TO THE PREVIOUS VERSION of FL.
  • 2 0
 Sorry guys but this gotta be the most useless interview ever. I don’t wanna diss the dude or anything but come on.... you guys are running out of content or what? Next time interview that dude that won lottery 500 twice.
  • 3 1
 That guy is so hard to understand when he is not talking in 'names of bike films'. Did he say he owned a carbon fibre cassette? Haha
  • 1 0
 You lost me at cassette...
  • 4 0
 Like the guy from Moneyball.
  • 9 0
 Brad Pitt also won 2 bikes?
  • 2 0
 @winko: yea but they're both still in the box, eh.
  • 4 0
 Did anyone watch Westworld? Dolores...
  • 3 0
 apparently not, which is a shame Rolleyes
  • 6 0
 So @dolores you are saying you are a Pinkbike AI bot that won both contests. It’s starting.
  • 1 0
 @davidsamuelhu: Skynet doesn't do EMOJIS
  • 2 0
 @davidsamuelhu: what kind of self-respecting bot would be capable of dallying over preprogrammed vanity colorways? There are several Westworlds
  • 2 2
 I believe I beat him in every XC round, except round 1...Finishing 11th overall. I didn't do nearly enough prep for Round 1, relying on my past season's gut-feelings, and only a bit of Instagram/Facebook creeping to look at COVID training and the venue...He clearly did more pre-season prep than I did...but two of my riders had a crash, but were in the top10 for most of the first race. If only they hadn't crashed....
  • 4 0
 Hi @neons97, that's why I said: "Proper preparation and planning before the first race was vital". And with all due respect, my only low point in the XC League was in the last race when I chickened out. Cheers!
  • 4 0
 best interview i've read on pinkbike. a deserving winner; respect
  • 2 0
 Thanks @boomforeal, I left some easter eggs, but apparently no one found them Camera
  • 1 0
 @dolores: wait till April then. It's not even xMas yet, eh!
  • 1 0
 Motivation. Determination. Ruthlessness. Indecisiveness. Well...at least myself and the rest of PB have got one of those down pat!
  • 2 0
 Hi @silentbutdeadly, I'm not sure if that's a compliment, anyway, thanks!
  • 1 0
 @dolores: it certainly wasn't meant to be derogatory to you!
  • 1 0
 Hi @silentbutdeadly, I was not offended or insulted by what you said. Cheers!
  • 3 0
 Pretty sure this is the Dolores fro West World....a robot
  • 3 0
 Solomon is a complex, quantum AI and one of the earlier versions of what would eventually become Rehoboam. Despite its advanced nature, the system was deemed too unpredictable and stored away with a different task: the Pinkbike Fantasy Leagues!
  • 3 1
 @dolores: if you've got this much internet time on your hands during a work day I wouldn't want my employer to find out who I am neither...
  • 3 0
 Congratulations @dolores!!!! Looks like you deserved it!
  • 1 0
 Thanks @chubby5000. Cheers!
  • 3 0
 And then theres me, "This name sounds cool..."
  • 2 2
 Complete disbelief is right! This is practically unimaginable and what makes it truly epic is that a girl beat the thousands of geek-guys. Awesome work @dolores ! And I loved your coy answers in the interview.
  • 3 0
 Thanks @DoubleCrownAddict, I left some easter eggs, but apparently no one found them Book
  • 1 2
 Gender is not determined in this case
  • 11 0
 @j-t-g: Dolores is sorry that she can't be more helpful.
  • 4 0
 Mulva, is that you?
  • 1 0
 You don't know my name, do you?
  • 1 0
 Only old guys will get that Mulva reference.
  • 1 0
 Listen, Jerry, What is it?
  • 3 0
 Seems like one clever person!
  • 2 0
 Hi @5chmaus, thanks for the compliment!
  • 3 0
 Is this PB's way of saying a bot won?
  • 1 0
 We did ask you to make the points from the Trivia not count toward the overall Pinkbike. If that's how this user won both, then I hope you're learned your lesson.
  • 2 0
 Anyone else spend ages on Insta trying to find out who was in the races...
  • 3 1
 What will a computer do with a real bike?
  • 6 0
 Take photos like the rest and put 'em on IG with #bikeporn and #pbreaderrides tags, eh
  • 2 0
 Definitely some weird robot thing going on here ...!?!
  • 1 0
 I spent more time typing this comment than I did researching and picking my teams.
  • 2 5
 I would have won (at least top 3) the fantasy enduro title If I hadn’t had no points for the first trivia round (don’t know why it didn’t worded).
It was simple luck, I just love bike, interested in EWS, put the name of the guys that was on fire at the time of the race.
  • 4 0
 Hi @JordanHuschard , with all due respect, I took a look and it would be top 20. Nonetheless, I can relate to what you are saying. Cheers!
  • 1 2
 @dolores: I got 3009 with 0 points at the first trivia round.
No, I had Some bad luck this time, but I will get some more luck next time Wink
It surely coming from my side, but can’t understand how I manage this.
  • 1 0
 I agree with the last part of rule #1
  • 1 0
 No taming bulls in India question?
  • 4 4
 Lame AF. hopefully you clowns learned your lesson with this trivia gibberish.
  • 1 0
 One of each colour scheme would probably be the best choice in the end!
  • 1 0
 Hi @Quinn-39, for the moment that's the plan. Cheers!
  • 1 0
 @dolores: awesome! That’s very exciting. Great job on the leagues.
  • 1 0
 he probably works for pinkbike
  • 1 4
 I’m always amazed that people spend their free time playing games and making pretend, it seems so much better to do the sport yourself, but then I’m not one for watching sports.
  • 5 1
 Haha, jokes on you... I don't use any of my own free time for these things, I use my companies time! I get paid to research obscure EWS trivia! Work smarter...
  • 3 1
 @islandforlife:

Great way to remain in a position where you need to win an online contest in order to get a bike you want.
  • 1 1
 @nvranka: I said work smarter... I work so smart that my current position allows me to afford my dream bike... and spend time trying to win free shit! Big brain 4D chess...
  • 2 1
 Russian spam bot
  • 2 1
 That's racist
  • 1 0
 Hi @agnostic, if you are calling me a "Russian spam bot", I was not offended or insulted by what you just said, in my experience, people in Russia are very good-natured. Cheers!
  • 1 0
 Congratulations!
  • 1 0
 Thanks @HwarangOS. Cheers!
  • 2 4
 The guy got lucky twice !
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